I have completed Wuthering Heights and ready to dive into The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Since I researched James Joyce’s life during the reading of THE tome, I thought I would look into the life of F. Scott Fitzgerald prior to my second literary journey.
Francis Scott Fitzgerald is named after his famous distant relative Francis Scott Key, the writer of the national anthem. He went by Scott when he was growing up and wrote his first published work at the age of 13. He went to Princeton but never graduated – seems he did not feel the need to study. His wife was Zelda and they had one daugher, “Scottie”. Although they were still married upon his death they lived apart for much of the last years. Zelda was in a mental institution and F. Scott was living with a mistress in California. F. Scott had bouts with alcoholism during dark periods in his life. Some think he drank when he wrote. This is incorrect, the only times he was sober was when he was writing and thankfully he wrote quite a bit. He wrote short stories, plays, poems, novels – everything. His last job was with MGM as a screenplay writer albeit not a very good one. He died of a massive heart attack unexpectedly in 1940 while writing a novel based on his experiences in Hollywood. He is buried in St. Mary’s Cemetary in Rockville, Maryland the same church my Aunt and Uncle were married in. (Interesting Andi fact there!)
The Great Gatsby was published in 1925 and received wonderful reviews – yet did not rank as a top seller at the time. It had a revivial in the 1940’s and 50’s and has remained a classic piece ever since.
So pick up a copy of the book, start reading along with us and let us know what you think along the way.
On your mark, get set, GATSBY!